That's a long list! Wow. Interesting article. What's the conversion ratio for livestock? I think it's 10-1, meaning it takes 10lbs of grain to get 1lb of meat. Maybe that's farm raised fish...can't remember. Anyway, one more reason to eat more veggies. Let's change some of those corn fields to produce fields.
Good post Douglas. I spend way more than 6% of income on food and I'm eating for one most of the time. It's expensive as hell buying healthy and that's with me getting wholesale prices on fish living on the coast. That Chobani adds up, so do things like almonds, walnuts and all-natural granola. Damn bro, how bouts you subsistence farmers drop the knowledge here? How much land you need for a year of food? Gotta sharpen my spear. My Class A gun license does me little good as I've eaten little to no red meat and not much chicken for the last 3 years. I'm all for living off the land but it ain't a simple chore. Oh yeah, screw soy. Poison.
Couldn't agree with this more. While theres a cost for everything, it doesn't always have to be monetary. My girlfriend and I had a garden that fed us, our landlord and her kids through an entire summer. This year we plan on canning and storing food for winter, building a greenhouse and giving all season growing a go.
Hunting has been on my list for a while, hopefully Ill aquire a bow and license for next season. We shall see.
I used to spear fish alot, but legal sizers on the shallow reefs you can freedive for are getting harder and harder to come by. I drag a rubbermaid bin mounted on a boogieboard with bungees, attached to my kayak with a longboard leash. That way fish go into the bin as soon as they are shot, leaving less blood in the water. I kind of gave that up, since I was getting less and less snapper and seeing more and more sharks. I figure the odds were eventually going to catch up with me. And fish is damn expensive.
Being mostly a vegetarian or even a half ass vegan will save you $$ and potential health risks. I just saw on world news last night how the price of meat and milk are going "up"...eat mostly fruits and veggies... stay away from dairy and meat when ever possible, avoid foods that come in a box lol. Not only will your body benefit but your wallet will too. Im not saying you gotta stop eating meat and dairy all together, just really limit it. If you have the resources to do so, start growing. This is where you will save cash...It is pretty peaceful, rewarding and not very difficult. Try and shop local too, plenty of small farms who have fresh food and decent prices, and at least it isn't going to some big company like walmart or wholefoods. We must join up and become a more self sustainable surfing community.